Herbs & Plants

Daphne gnidium

Boatnical Name: Daphne gnidium
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales
Genus: Daphne
Species: D. gnidium

Common Name: Flax-Leaved Daphne

Habitat: Daphne gnidium is native to S. Europe, N. Africa and W. Asia. It grows with other evergreen shrubs on shallow, stony soils, often on hillsides.

Daphne gnidium is an evergreen Shrub characterized by upright branches that grow 1.5 to 2 m (4 ft 11 in to 6 ft 7 in) tall. The dense lanceolate leaves are dark green with sticky undersides. It bears white fragrant flowers in late spring or early summer. The fruits are drupes and are round and red, about 8 mm (0.31 in) in diameter. They are produced during autumn. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).

Prefers a well-drained but moisture-retentive slightly acid to slightly alkaline soil]. A good sandy loam suits most members of the genus. This species is not very hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -5°c, it should succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country. Plants are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible. The flowers, which are produced in terminal clusters, are sweetly scented.

Medicinal Uses:
The plant contains toxic compounds that are being investigated for anti-leukaemia effects.

Known Hazards: All parts of the plant are poisonous. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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